Photojournalism / Editorial
Photojournalism is a part of journalism that is characterized by the use of images to tell a story. The images are placed so that they follow the narrative, effectively helping the reader to visualize as they read. Photojournalists will often travel to take pictures for magazines and news articles that either tell a story or provide visual images that are used in an article. Along with taking photos, some photojournalists are also responsible for optimizing and preparing the pictures for publication.
Images and Written Words
The written word has power, and an image has no limit to its imagination. When words and images are combined, dark deeds are exposed, barriers are destroyed, secret sounds in nature come alive, and the words of a politician are suddenly audible to the human ear. A skilled photojournalist can approach almost any topic and turn it into a story as vast as the universe, making it interesting for the critical reader, yet simple and interesting for young students.
A Portfolio of Photojournalism
This particular category is a portfolio of Brian Kanof's best work in photojournalism. The photos come from projects that were completed as assignments from universities, newspapers and magazines, just to mention a few. The photos depict people and places in the Southwest, U.S. and foreign countries.
Brian Kanof - A Qualified Photojournalist
Brian Kanof began his photojournalism career as a freelance shooter in 1967, selling his sports action photos to The University of Texas at El Paso, the El Paso Times, the El Paso Sun Kings (AA Baseball), and the Sun Bowl Association. He was soon given contracts to shoot for the UTEP Athletic Department, The El Paso Sol, and The Sun Bowl. After nearly 50 years, he was the Official Photographer for the Sun Bowl Association, shooting the First Light Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Western Refining All American Golf Tournament, the Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational Basketball Tournament and, of course, The Hyundai Sun Bowl Football Game, each year.
Over the last five decades, Kanof has accepted newspaper assignments from the New York Times and Daily News, The London Daily Telegraph and Evening Standard, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Chicago Tribune, Army Times, Houston Chronicle, Miami Herald, Dallas Morning News, Austin American-Statesman, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Indianapolis News, Muncie Press, Herald Post, and Inc. At one time or another, he has gone on assignment for McGraw-Hill Textbooks, Associated Press, United Press International, and Reuters News Services. He was on the photography staff of the El Paso Times from 1969-71 and left the paper to attend graduate school at Ball State. At the time he left the Times, he had been promoted to Chief Photographer. Over his career, his magazine assignments have included Sports Illustrated, The Sporting News, Racing Scene, Cotton Growers, Archeology Magazine, AMA (American Motorcycle Assn.) News, The Pipeliner, Pipeline News, Texas Music, Texas Monthly, Texas A&M Magazine, Austin All Natural, El Paso Magazine, M.D. News, and The Drop (Special Forces Magazine).
In 2006, Kanof served as the Official Campaign Photographer for Kinky Friedman for Governor (Texas).
Several colleges, universities, and athletic conferences have hired Kanof including: Conference USA, The WAC, SEC, UTEP, NMSU, Miami U, Oregon, UCLA, and ASU, to name only a few. His images were used for both printed publications and websites.
Kanof services the Texas, New Mexico, and Northern Mexico areas but has gone on numerous assignments outside of the Southwest as well. Editorial assignments have taken him to Alaska, Turkey, Belize, Bermuda, The Dominican Republic, Italy, and numerous Caribbean countries.